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“Surprised the food is good this close to the ferry!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Blue Water Bar & Grill

Blue Water Bar & Grill
Ranked #23 of 63 Restaurants in Friday Harbor
Cuisines: American, Bar, Seafood
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Good for: Kids, Large groups, Scenic view, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Anacortes, WA
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40 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Surprised the food is good this close to the ferry!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2013

Three of us gals took the ferry to Friday Harbor to have lunch and shop. We had planned to go to the Downrigger restaurant so we could sit out on their large outdoor deck but it had had a fire and was about half destroyed! So we tried the Blue Water Bar & Grill. We wanted to sit outside so opted to sit at a table in the bar and ordered a glass of wine and crab cakes to have while we waited. That was a great way to be waiting! We didn't wait all that long, and the table we got outside was directly in line with the ferry sitting at the terminal. Great view. I noticed there was seating around the railings with bar stools and that would be fine for a couple to sit at. Two of us shared the fish tacos and I thought they were excellent but my girlfriend said she would have preferred a more traditional taco with salsa, tomatoes, etc. These had diced mango and a kind of sweet sauce. The batter on the fish was deliciously crunchy. The crab cakes were good-sized and very tasty and we 3 shared one, then the other gal had one with a Caesar salad which she said was very good. The service was very good and it is amazing how these restaurants cope with having waves of people descend on them every time the ferry arrives. The only small "down" side comment was the yellow jackets that eventually smelled their way to our crab cakes and were buzzing around our plates. I didn't notice a baited bee trap but if they didn't have one it would've been a good idea to use one. Our friend didn't have her epi-pen and had gone to the hospital the last time she was stung/bit so had to get up from the table to get away from the yellow jackets. I would definitely go back here. It will be hard to order something other than the tacos!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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235 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Time with ferry”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2013

We had dinner here our first night here. Busy as we arrived just before a ferry departure. Good and friendly staff. Great seafood pasta with local shellfish and prawns. Quite a crowded room but enjoyed our meal .good value.

Visited August 2013
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Boise, Idaho
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Fish tacos were awesome!!!!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2013

This place was fun and great views. We had the coconut appetizer, fish tacos and clam chowder. It was all excellent and the tacos could be split.....

Visited August 2013
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Sultan
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Excellent Food and Service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2013

Our Family of 15 got off the Anacortes Ferry at 12:30 hungry. And, we took them to a spot where we had gotten good food before several years back. We were delighted that it had not changed. We were immediately seated, our orders were taken, and our meals appeared very quickly and very good.
The Waitress was helpful and answered questions not only about the menu; but also where we could find things on the island that we were looking for.
Overall our experince was a delight.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Poulsbo
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142 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Best fish 'n chips ever”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2013

Wherever we travel - we sample fish 'n chips. This was by far the best - and the reason is their secret recipe for chips (aka French fries). We've never had such crunchy fries before! Service was good, and the only reason why I took away one star is that the atmosphere is a bit stale, and the toilets, which appeared to be shared with other businesses, were atrocious.

Visited July 2013
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